SAN DIEGO — When Bryce Harper arrived at Petco Park on Saturday, his left knee was sore and swollen. The issue, a residual effect of Harper’s vicious collision with the right field wall at Dodger Stadium on Monday, will keep him out of Saturday’s lineup and possibly out of Sunday’s, too.
But Harper was assured it is nothing more than a bruise, and slowly but surely the rest of his body is starting to feel better as well. He had an MRI done on his abdomen on Friday, too, and it came back clear.
“My knee is just barking a little bit today,” Harper said. “Just take today, maybe tomorrow. If I feel better tomorrow, I’ll get in there. But just trying to get ready for San Fran (on Monday). We’ll see what happens.”
Harper came away from his collision with bruises in multiple places but he said he’s starting to feel better in most areas. The knee, though, was causing him some trouble.
“He’s a little gimpy but he shouldn’t be out too long,” Johnson said. “He’s a little banged up. He’s got bruises everywhere but the main thing is he’s having a little trouble with his knee. A lot of blood in there (causing the swelling). But he’ll be alright.”
In the wake of Harper’s bout with the wall, there’s been a good deal of criticism of the Nationals for saying that the 20-year-old outfielder was cleared of having a concussion. Harper reported feeling a bit nauseous on the day after the incident, but by the time he ate dinner that night that had apparently subsided.
Harper reiterated on Saturday that his head feels fine.
“Everybody thinks they’re doctors and everybody thinks they know this and know that,” Harper said, asked about the various reports criticizing the Nationals’ handling of the situation, which included administering a SCAT 2 test to Harper twice (on Monday night and again on Tuesday) and having him seen by multiple independent medical professionals.
“The Nationals did everything they should. My trainers did everything. I saw two doctors in L.A. three days in a row. My trainers did everything. I feel better and my head, I feel fine.”
Here are the full lineups for the Nationals’ third game of this four-game series with the Padres:
Denard Span CF
Steve Lombardozzi LF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Tyler Moore RF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Kurt Suzuki C
Jordan Zimmermann P
Everth Cabrera SS
Will Venable RF
Chase Headley 3B
Yonder Alonso 1B
Mark Kotsay LF
Jedd Gyorko 2B
Chris Denorfia CF
John Baker C
Eric Stults P